Friday, April 30, 2010

Easy Personal Pizza Recipe

D$'s new favorite thing is this little personal pizza I will make him for dinner every now and then. And it's healthy!!

I take a pizza pan and put a whole wheat tortilla on it and bake it for about 3 or 4 minutes at 350 degrees.

Choose your favorite pizza or marinara sauce and spread it on the tortilla after it has baked some.

D$ likes pineapple and ham on his, I used sun dried tomatoes, onion, and broccoli for mine.  Use your favorite toppings.

Then top with mozzarella cheese and bake 7-10  minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are a little brown.

Serve with a salad and you have an easy, healthy, tasty dinner!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


So last night I am getting ready for bed and my dad sends me a text.  He is getting used to his new iPhone so I couldn't really make out what it said.  But right the text I couldn't understand, he sent me this picture:

And then I realized it said "I am on the Friends set."
Of course I started FLIPPING OUT.  If you know me at all you know that my obsession with "Friends" runs quite deep... I have watched every episode on TV a gazillion times and I can't even count how many times I've gone through the 10 seasons on DVD.  D$ and I don't even have cable in our bed room because every night before we go to sleep we watch at least 2 episodes on DVD.  I know I sound like a freak.. But I'm not I just love the show and all the characters, especially Monica!  Here are the rest of the pics.

Dukes of Hazard

Gran Torino

Harry Potter

My dad is in California receiving an award this week and went on a tour of Warner Brother's Studio.  So D$ and I decided last night that we were going to go in the fall for our 1 year anniversary. HOLLA!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I love my pretty table cloth and yellow place mats but I wanted to change it up.  Couldn't figure out how without just taking it off and using different place mats.  Well when some ketchup made it on the table cloth last night, I knew I had to do it!

So my lovely friend Allie gave me these wonderful, thick, pretty place mats for one of my showers.  Perfect for spring and summer!  I like the geometric pattern with my vintage vases with my few flowers that were left living.  Clean and crisp.

If you don't know me, I am a fan of The Food Network.  I love Ina Garten on Barefoot Contessa.  Well the other day she made these incredible looking cookies.  She said she has always searched for making the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies.  I got the recipe online here.  I made them yesterday to give to some of our family!  They make a ton and they are delicious!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I finally found some shelves that look similar to mine.  I have been looking since I got the shelf.  They are really fun!

Interesting huh?  I'm glad I spent the time to get back to the wood!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Success! Beginning to End.

On the book stand/shelf.  PRAISE. It's done, over, and I love it.

If you have been following this is the bookshelf that I wanted to strip and re-stain.  This color just doesn't really compliment the retro style of this piece of furniture!


I thought that the paint would be fairly fresh considering the section of the antique store I found it in.  Everything was shabby chic and painted this blue or white, so I assumed it would be somewhat easy to remove.  Well I was SO WRONG.  I started using my power sander thinking it would take about an hour to just sand all the paint off.  Well I was SO WRONG.  I ended up going to the hardware store and got some STRONG paint stripper.  So total time of sanding and stripping = 10 hours.  I also burned several inches of my skin due to the harsh chemicals.

This is when I gave up:

So D-Money found a place in the phone book that stripped furniture. (Because he was probably tired of hearing me fret about trying to get the paint off!)  Bare Woods in Cahaba Heights across the street from Miss Myra's Bar-B-Q and Flip Flops and What Nots.  They were SO kind and helpful.  When they called me to let me know it was ready they said they understood why I gave up.  That it gave them a hard time too!  So it made me feel so much better that I didn't spend much more time sanding and stripping.  You see, it would have been pretty dang easy if I could have removed any of the shelves so that I could work on each piece individually.  WELL, every piece is fixed.  It cost only $5 less to have it professionally stripped as the piece of furniture cost... I should have just gone their in the first place.  Glad to know it is there!

After I picked up from Bare Woods:

Good job guys. 98% gone.

I wanted this shelf to match my retro credenza and night stand so I chose an "American Walnut" stain.  It really worked well.  I put 3 coats of stain on and 2 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. 

End product:

Funny because that is the best picture I have of it finished and it is in the garage and I still have painters tape on the feet.

I'm pretty pleased if I can say so myself.  I didn't think I could get through it a week ago.   Hope you enjoyed the journey, I will just enjoy the outcome!!

Friday, April 23, 2010


Book stand update:  All I have to say is that I better love this thing...  After I bought all the things to strip and sand the shelf, I had to get it professionally stripped/dipped after I spent about 10 hours trying to do it myself.  That cost $45.  I picked it up yesterday and they did a pretty good job.  Got probably 98% of the paint off.  I went to Home Depot and bought some American Walnut stain, spent 3 hours staining yesterday.  Polyurethaned it once last night, I'll put another coat on this morning and I can bring it inside Saturday! YAY.  It's a little darker than I wanted but I kept going over it and over it because there were some weird spots...

ANYWAY some sweets for the weekend whether you are look for a dessert or a breakfast extra!

Peach Honey Spread

In a bowl,
Add 1 sliced peach
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mash with a form until the mixture is the consistency of chunky applesauce.  Serve as a topping for pancakes or French toast, or serve it over roast chicken or pork. YUM

Frozen Ice Cream Dessert

1 pound packaged oreo cookies
1/2 Cup melted butter

Mix and put in bottom of 9 x 13 inch dish and chill.

1 large can of carnation milk
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter
2 squares melted semi-sweet chocolate

Put ingredients in sauce pan, cook and boil 10-15 minutes until thick (watch the mixture, so it doesn't burn)

Put 1/2 gallon softened ice cream on the crumbs in dish and freeze.  Put cooled chocolate mixture over ice cream.  When frozen put 2 cups whipped cream over top and sprinkle with chocolate or nuts!

Hope everyone has a sweet, wonderful, safe weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Good buy and some pretties.

I really needed some rugs for inside by all 3 doors that lead outside.  I knew I needed ones with rubber backing and for the rug to be rough enough to brush shoes off.  I checked out Old Time Pottery because since I needed to somewhat buy in bulk and they have such cheap prices.  I'm GLAD I did!  I have never seen an indoor, outdoor, and bathroom rug selection in my life quite like theirs!  They had some great ones and of course some tacky, cheap looking ones.  I  bought 3 bound, mountain grass, rubber backed rugs for $11.99 a piece!  I was thrilled.  They had different colored boarders as well like black, red, taupe, and brown like mine.

I saw D-Money's aunt today and she asked if I wanted some butter beans from their veggie garden.  Of course I did and while I was there she asked if I wanted any of her flowers from their front yard!  Like I didn't already have enough around the house, now I have more beautiful flowers!
Lovely, pink Azeleas.

And my all time favorite... Hydrangeas!  Lucky me, she told me if I ever wanted more to come over and clip them, no call needed!

My book stand is ready to be picked up!  The guy said he completely knew why I gave up.  Said it was a lot of work to get the paint off.  I am picking it up this afternoon and plan on starting to stain it this afternoon or tomorrow.  I'll post pics next week, I hope I'm done by then!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3. Random's

1.  Drew came home from lunch and surprised me with 3 of my favorite things.  A HUGE bouquet of flowers (see below, there were so many, they are all over the house!) my favorite bottle of wine; and my guilty pleasure, peanut butter m & m's.

On my dresser, had so many flowers I had to get creative and just used a water glass.

I love putting flowers in my green tea pot!

Dining table centerpiece.

2. Just discovered 4 YUMMY flavors of Yoplait light.  Not the BIGGEST fan of yogurt because it seems sour.  But these are sweet and lo cal!
Raspberry Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Strawberry Shortcake

Random, but I like to share info!

3.  I have been spring cleaning... Organizing, cleaning, everything!  So I thought, why not clean the front porch..  BIG mistake.  I was getting pollen EVERYWHERE.  Couldn't stop coughing.  I tried blowing off the window ledges, used windex on the table, dusted off everything I could until I had to come inside. Everything looks smeared.  Had to change my clothes.  DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO CLEAN POLLEN OFF OUTSIDE!?  Should I just wait?  But how long?  Let me know, please!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book stand update

I couldn't stomach sanding and stripping it anymore... Ended up having to take it somewhere to get it stripped.  It is going to cost just as much as the actual piece of furniture!  Hopefully it will be worth it.  They said if they can get the paint off I can have it back in a couple of days.

This is the stain I am going to go for, I decided.  If it comes down to it that the paint can't be removed, I don't know what I'll do! I have my heart set on staining!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Recipe Friday

I thought I would share 2 wonderful, yummy, sweet recipes that my Mimi shared with me when I started compiling family recipes 2 years ago.

Strawberry Cake

1 Package white cake mix
3 oz. package strawberry jello
2 Tablespoons flour
4 eggs

Beat ingredients together for 2 minutes

Add 1/2 box (1/2 Cup) frozen strawberries.  Beat 1 more minute.
Add 3/4 Cup oil.  Beat 1 more minute.

Divide mix into 2- 9" pans.

Bake 35-40 Minutes at 350 degrees.


1/2 Cup butter
1 box confectioners sugar
1/2 box frozen strawberries
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Hospitality Pie

1- 8 oz. cream cheese
1- can Eagle Brand
1- 6 oz. cool whip
1 stick butter
1 Cup pecans
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1- 7 oz. package coconut

Spray dish with Pam.  Brown coconut and nuts in butter, stirring until brown.
Soften cream cheese and eagle brand a cool whip.  Add 1/2 of coconut mixture to this.  Layer 1/2 cream cheese mix to casserole, pour caramel topping on it.  Then remaining cream cheese mix.

Sprinkle remaining toasted coconut and nuts on top.  Freeze.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  We have a busy one! Golf tournament, bridal shower, wedding, and a Sunday school party!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Brownie Bottles

Last night and tonight I am bringing dinner to families that just had babies.  So yesterday morning I thought I would try and make a creative dessert for both families.  I started with brownie mix.  I added an extra egg to both batters to make it "cakier" and easier to cut.

I let them cool, then flipped them out on parchment paper.  Cut with my new cookie cutter that is in the shape of a baby bottle.

I made my home made buttercream vanilla icing and iced them.

Then put some blue food coloring in the remainder of the icing.  To put the babies monograms on the bottles!

Not my cleanest baking job or best looking.  But it is the thought that counts right?

Update on my book shelf:  It's a disaster.  Sanded for about an hour yesterday and scrubbed with more chemicals.  It's looking better but I don't have much HOPE!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PROGRESS (If you can call it that)

This is after an hour of power sanding realizing that it wasn't working...  I went and bought paint stripper, gloves, mask, etc.  Worked on it for close to 5 hours... And this is it!?  I have had D-Money help me.  We scraped after spraying the stripper on SEVERAL times.  Then used water and steel wool.  I PRAY that tomorrow I can finish getting the paint off and Thursday start staining.  Trying to remain positive.  But if I can give you any advice... PAY whatever it takes to get it professionally done!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Not really sure what to call this:

But I am going to start sanding it tomorrow.  At some point this week, strip the paint and re-stain or paint it.  I know it had to been painted/"antiqued" recently because of the section of the store I bought it in. (Everything was painted white or this blue color).  So hopefully it won't require too much elbow grease.

I hope that soon the finish will look similar to these book shelves:

To stain or not to stain?

Very similar, huh?  I must like it!

Paint Black?

Paint green, to match my "Keep Calm and Carry on" poster?
Def. not painting it white...

I guess it depends on what the wood looks like and how good of shape it is in before I can determine whether to stain or paint.  All I know is that the blue has GOT to go.  Been meaning to do it since I got the piece.  Now that I will be in town the next 2 consecutive weeks, I think I can finally start it!

As I was researching, found this FABULOUS book shelf. I'm LOVING it.

Praying this project doesn't end like this:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Catch up

Today I am playing the catch up game.  Drew left for the Master's Wednesday night and I left for the beach Thursday afternoon.  We both had a great time on our separate trips.

While Drew was gone and before I left I made him a few things before he came back.  He was thrilled about going to the Master's first of all... So I tried to make it a little extra special.  I'm convinced it was his first trip of MANY.

Anyway, his favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate icing.  Even his groom's cake was yellow cake with chocolate icing!  See below.

Obviously my cake isn't as beautiful as this one, but he loved it!

Normal yellow cake with chocolate icing:

Drew's dream yellow cake with chocolate icing:

I also made him a batch of Arnold Palmer for him to enjoy while I was gone, although I make him some every week...  Also sent some glorified chex mix and home made chocolate chip cookies for he and his friends he went with to enjoy.

This is a birthday cake I made for my grandparents Easter Weekend.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it, it was gone in 1.5 days!

I love to bake and to put a special twist on everything.  Ever need a cake or cookies for something, let me know!